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Medical Minute: High-Definition Hearing

Hearing loss affects all ages. Standard hearing aids amplify all sounds, which makes hearing one sound difficult. Now, there's a new option, a hearing aid that thinks for you.

Three months ago, a walk in the park for Roy Baldwin sounded jumbled, even with hearing aids.

"I had two different pair. Neither one of them worked successfully. They just magnified sounds, and that was about all you could say for them. It served as a good ear plug," explains Baldwin.

Roy's version of this hearing aid automatically distinguishes between speech and sounds.

"The key reason somebody comes in for a hearing aid is that they find that they cannot understand speech anymore. It's not so much that they don't hear," says Audiologist Dr. Lisa Myrick.

The digital chip has a dual microphone system to balance sounds. Myrick says it won't cure hearing loss or reproduce natural hearing, but it's close.

"If you've worn a hearing aid in the past, you will be surprised at the difference of what you hear," Myrick adds.

It also helps reduce annoying feedback.

Roy enjoys it because he can control the levels to where he's comfortable.

"I even have a button for a telephone where I can talk over the telephone. It also has one just for music that makes the music more full," shares Baldwin.

Now, Roy says, the world around him is crystal clear

For More Information:

High-Definition Hearing Audiology Associates of North Florida
1405 Centerville Road
Suite 5400
Tallahassee, FL 32308
(850) 671-5172 x243
www.tallyent.com


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